It is a long ride in to Big Bend National Park - 118 miles from Alpine. We started early through the Chihuahuan Desert. Gorgeous sunrise!!
|Common Short-winged Katydid|
We arrived at the Chisos Basin Village and found a rare level campsite and stayed for 4 days through the Labor Day weekend. We had over 40 species of birds just around this area and lots and lots of interesting insects.
|Metallic Wood-boring Beetle|
|Cenizo - Purple Sage|
|Thomas's Two-striped Grasshopper|
We walked the long trail to the Window View, very beautiful and lots of birds including the Mexican Jay, Lucifer Hummingbird, several warblers and Black-crested Titmice. The walk and heat were too much for me but thankfully I made it back without calling for rescue. That's enough climbing for a while.
|Two-tailed Swallowtail Butterfly|
|Chisos Mountain from our campsite|
Each night we had breath-taking views of the star-studded skies and the Milky Way. The Heavens do really declare the glory of God!
|Window View Trail|
We drove to Elena Canyon where the Rio Grande cuts through the rock. Canyon walls are 1,500 feet above the water.
The last night at Big Bend we went to the Rio Grande campground for electricity and much needed air conditioning - 105 degrees.
We took a day driving out of the park and south to Amistad National Recreation Area finding a nice RV Park near the reservoir. So nice to have a pool too for a refreshing afternoon dip. Also we were able to watch the opening Green Bay Packer game. Exciting!!
|Red Saddlebags Dragonfly|
|Eastern Pondhawk Dragonfly|
|Anistad Reservoir - just a small part of the whole|
|Greater Earless Lizard|
We took day trips to Rough Canyon, Seminole Canyon Historic State Park, the Pecos River Canyon where it empties into the Rio Grande and other desert areas around this huge but low level body of water. They say it's 40 feet below what it should be.
|Rio Grande Leopard Frog|
|Seminole Canyon Historic Site|
|Jumping Spider on our water hose|
|Purple Sage Blossom|
|Javelina or Collared Peccary|
We are traveling south along the Rio Grande soon and hoping for that fall weather to come with us.
Wishing the best to all.
Love & Prayers,
Ty & Ida Baumann